Families involved with the public child welfare system frequently struggle with substance abuse. Substance abuse and child welfare agencies that collaborate can improve service delivery to families challenged by substance abuse and child maltreatment issues.
Being Successful: Meaningful Collaboration to Improve Outcomes for Families With Substance Use Disorders, Part 1 Moving Forward: Using Tools and Technical Assistance
National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare & National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement (2008)
Presents a teleconference with highlights of resources available to agencies through the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare, and how these resources improve services to families affected by substance abuse. Also available: Part 2 States and Communities Sharing Their Experiences: Strength and Hope for Recovery for Children and Families.
Bringing Families Together: Models of Hope and Recovery [Video]
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2012)
Highlights programs benefiting from a 10-element framework for strengthening linkages among child welfare, mental health services, substance abuse treatment, and court systems to improve outcomes for children and families.
Drug Endangered Children (DEC) Checklist for Child Protective/Child Welfare Services (PDF - 123 KB)
U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy (2011)
Identifies information that should be shared between law enforcement and child protective services when parental substance abuse is present, including circumstances leading to the referral, signs of neglect, medical care needs, placement, and documentation of evidence.
Identifying Mental Health and Substance Use Problems of Children and Adolescents: A Guide for Child-Serving Organizations (PDF - 2970 KB)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2011)
Addresses approaches, methods, and strategies used to identify mental health and substance use problems of high-risk youths in settings that serve a broad spectrum of children and adolescents or a high-risk population.
Inter-Agency Collaboration: Policy and Practice in Child Welfare and Substance Abuse Treatment
Smith & Mogro-Wilson
Administration in Social Work, 32(2), 2008
Provides an overview, from multilevel models, of results that suggest that the level of collaborative practice varies within organizations and that staff perceptions of policy toward collaboration are a stronger predictor of collaborative practice than are administrator reports of agency policy toward collaboration.
The Role of Interagency Collaboration for Substance-Abusing Families Involved With Child Welfare
Green, Rockhill, & Burrus
Child Welfare, 87(1), 2008
Explores how the collaborative process works to benefit families and explains the barriers and supports for building successful collaborations.
Pathways to Collaboration: Factors That Help and Hinder Collaboration Between Substance Abuse and Child Welfare Fields (PDF - 1096 KB)
California Social Work Education Center (2008)
Provides a curriculum of relevant research and findings in five sections, as well as present models of promising practice, to explore the factors that help or hinder interagency collaborations. Also see PowerPoint.
Recovering Together Program: Curriculum Guide: Substance Abuse Treatment for Women and Their Families (PDF - 7782 KB)
Rocky Mountain Quality Improvement Center (2007)
Describes a curriculum, the Recovering Together Program, designed for substance abuse treatment providers and their child welfare colleagues, and provides a detailed outline of the curriculum for adult group sessions.
National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare.;United States. Children's Bureau.;United States. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.
Young, Nancy K.
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